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(As at February 1, 2017)

irumaf-15jA Mitsubishi-built F-15J Eagle from the Komatsu-based 303rd Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) hurtles skyward. The F-15J equips six front-line JASDF fighter units. 

naha302f-4ejThe JASDF still operates two squadrons of F-4EJKai Phantom  fighters from Hyakuri. First delivered in
July 1971, the second F-4EJ shown here was only recently retired from service with the 302nd TFS.

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unless otherwise stated.) 

AIR DEFENSE COMMAND (HQ: Yokota, Tokyo)

 Northern Air Defense Force (Misawa, Aomori)
2nd Air Wing 201st TFS F-15J/DJ, T-4 Chitose, Hokkaido
203rd TFS
3rd Air Wing 3rd TFS F-2A/B, T-4 Misawa, Aomori
Northern Air Command Support Flt T-4

 

 Central Air Defense Force (Iruma, Saitama)
6th Air Wing 303rd TFS F-15J/DJ, T-4 Komatsu, Ishikawa
306th TFS
7th Air Wing 301st TFS  F-4EJKai , T-4  Hyakuri, Ibaraki
302nd TFS 
Central Air Command Support Squadron T-4, U-4 Iruma

 hyakuri oob1
(Above) The pilot of a 305th TFS F-15DJ Eagle watches as his canopy closes over him. Each F-15J unit maintains on strength examples of the two-seat version of the Eagle and the Kawasaki T-4 (below) for training purposes.

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The Headquarters Support Flight that reported directly to Air Defense Command was renamed and placed under local regional control in 2014.
(Above) A U-4 from what is now the Central Air Command Support Squadron basks in the sun on the apron at Iruma AB.
(Below) One of the same unit’s pristine T-4s at rest in an equally well-maintained hangar.

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 Western Air Defense Force (Kasuga, Fukuoka)
5th Air Wing 305th TFS  F-15J/DJ, T-4  Nyutabaru, Miyazaki
8th Air Wing 6th TFS F-2A/B, T-4  Tsuiki, Fukuoka
 8th TFS 
Western Air Command Support Sqn T-4 Kasuga

301Sqn oobAn F-4EJKai Phantom from the 301st TFS that shared Nyutabaru AB with the Tactical Fighter
Training Group’s Aggressor Squadron before moving to Hyakuri in October 2016. Under plans
announced in December 2013, the JASDF is to increase the number of its fighter units from 12 
to 13 squadrons and accept delivery of 28 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs by 2018.

Tsuiki F-15JsFor many years home to the F-15J Eagles of the 304th TFS (above) and the F-2A/B-equipped 6th TFS, Tsuiki AB is scenically situated on the coast of Fukuoka Prefecture.
The 304th relocated to Naha AB in January 2016.

 Southwestern Composite Air Division (Naha, Okinawa)
 (To be renamed as Southwestern Air Defense Force in 2017)
9th Air Wing
(formed from 83rd AW
Jan. 31, 2016)
204th Sqn F-15J/DJ, T-4 Naha
304th Sqn
Southwestern Support Flt T-4

f-15j saluteAs is customary, the crew chief of a 204th Sqn F-15J salutes as his charge moves off the flight line.

UNITS REPORTING DIRECT TO AIR DEFENSE COMMAND

 Airborne Early Warning & Control Group  Tactical Reconnaissance Group
 Air Tactics Development Wing   Air Rescue Wing

 (Notes) 
 The Air Tactics Development Wing formed in August 2014.
 The Air Rescue Wing passed to Air Defense Command control from Air Support
 Command on March 26, 2013.

 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) Control Group (Hamamatsu, Shizuoka) 
 AEW Surveillance Group (Misawa, Aomori)    
601st Sqn E-2C Misawa, Aomori
603rd Sqn E-2C Naha, Okinawa
602nd Sqn (reports direct to AEW Control Group) E-767 Hamamatsu, Shizuoka

e-2creflectOne of the then AEW Surveillance Squadron’s E-2C Hawkeyes was painted in special markings to commemorate the milestone of 100,000 accident-free flight hours attained on July 30, 2009. This
aircraft was one of four E-2Cs assigned to the JASDF’s newest unit, the 603rd Sqn that formed at
Naha AB on April 20, 2014.

 Tactical Reconnaissance Group (Hyakuri, Ibaraki)
501st Reconnaissance Sqn RF-4E/RF-4EJ, T-4 Hyakuri

 rf-4ejOne of seven aircraft modified from F-4EJ standard, 501st Reconnaissance Squadron RF-4EJKai
77-6392 undergoes flight line maintenance. A TACER reconnaissance pod capable of providing
real-time imagery is attached to the aircraft’s centreline station. 

 Air Tactics Development Wing (Yokota, Tokyo)
Tactical Fighter Training Group
(Aggressor Squadron)
F-15J/DJ, T-4 Komatsu, Ishikawa*
Electronic Warfare Squadron** EC-1, YS-11EA Iruma, Saitama
Electronic Intelligence Squadron** YS-11EB
 (*) Move from Nyutabaru to Komatsu completed June 2016 
 (**) Both squadrons report to the Electronic Tactics Group at Iruma

 

ec-1Although taken against the evening sun, this photo does serve to show the changes in the 21st
Kawasaki C-1’s external appearance for its role as the Electronic Warfare Squadron’s sole EC-1.
The salient feature is its bulbous nose radome that houses J/ALQ-5 jamming equipment.

trio of YS-11sParked at Iruma next to the EC-1, these three YS-11s were converted from standard transport aircraft to perform specific electronic-related tasks. The two nearest the camera are YS-11EA electronic countermeasures training aircraft. Well hidden at the back is a YS-11EB variant
used for electronic intelligence-gathering  duties.

 Air Rescue Wing (HQ: Iruma) Detachments  (All equipped with U-125A, UH-60J)
Chitose, Hokkaido Matsushima, Miyagi Ashiya, Fukuoka
Akita, Akita Hyakuri, Ibaraki Nyutabaru, Miyazaki
Niigata, Niigata Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Naha, Okinawa
Komatsu, Ishikawa  Komaki, Aichi (Training Sqn)  
     
Helicopter Air Transport Squadrons**
(All equipped with CH-47J)
Misawa, Aomori Kasuga, Fukuoka
Iruma, Saitama Naha, Okinawa
 (**) Formerly came under Air Support Command control

iruma ch-47The JASDF’s fleet of 22 Kawasaki-built CH-47J Chinook heavy-lift helicopters is spread around the four bases at which a Helicopter Air Transport Squadron is located.

uh-60iruma
Mainstay helicopter in service with the Air Rescue Wing detachments is the UH-60J
(above), which is operated in conjunction with the Raytheon (Hawker) U-125A (below).

Komaki U-125

AIR SUPPORT COMMAND (HQ: Fuchu, Tokyo)

1st Tactical Airlift Group
(Komaki)

401st Sqn C-130H/KC-130H Komaki, Aichi
404th Sqn KC-767

2nd Tactical Airlift Group
(Iruma)

402nd Sqn C-1, U-4 Iruma, Saitama

3rd Tactical Airlift Group
(Miho)

403rd Sqn C-1, YS-11P* Miho, Tottori

41st Flight
Training Sqn

T-400

Special Airlift Group
(Chitose)

701st Sqn B.747-400 Chitose, Hokkaido
Flight Check Group U-125, YS-11FC Iruma, Saitama
 (*) 403rd Sqn due to receive its first C-2 by end March 2017.

jasdf b747One of the pair of Boeing 747-400s used by the 701st Squadron to transport imperial and prime ministerial entourages on visits throughout the world. Having been formally commissioned
in June 1993, the unit commemorated its 20th anniversary in 2013.
(Photo: JASDF)

JASDF C-130H(Above) While a sister aircraft undergoes maintenance, a C-130H Hercules of the 401st Sqn, 1st Tactical Airlift Group (TAG) comes to the end of its landing run at Komaki AB in October 2000. Nowadays, some of the unit’s aircraft sport a blue colour scheme, as seen below on one of the three aircraft that
participated in the 2013 SDF Review flypast.

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c-1 takeoffA 402nd Squadron Kawasaki C-1 hurriedly gets aloft at Iruma. The C-1 having been in service since 1971, two prototypes of its C-2 successor have been undergoing flight testing since 2010–11.

Komaki KC-767The JASDF received the first two of four Boeing KC-767 tanker-transports in 2008.
All are based at Komaki AB with the 404th Sqn.
 

YS-11 at KomakiCurrently serving with the 403rd Sqn at Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture,
this YS-11NT  first flew on September 17, 1969.

irumat-400The Raytheon (Beechcraft) T-400 has been used in the multi-engine training role by the
41st Flight Training Squadron since February 1994.
 
 ys-11fcpair
(Above) Two of the three YS-11FCs operated by the Flight Check Group, two of which were
converted from YS-11P transports.
(Below) Seen departing from Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture,
is one of three U-125s specifically acquired configured for the group’s role. Tragically, the crew
flying this very aircraft was lost in what was confirmed to have been a controlled flight into
terrain incident near JMSDF Kanoya AB on April 6, 2016. 

flight check u-125

AIR TRAINING COMMAND (HQ: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka)

1st Air Wing 31st Training Sqn T-4 Hamamatsu
32nd Training Sqn
4th Air Wing 11th Sqn (Blue Impulse) T-4 Matsushima, Miyagi
(See note below)
21st Fighter Training Sqn F-2B
11th Flight Training Wing 1st Sqn T-7 Shizuhama, Shizuoka
2nd Sqn
12th Flight Training Wing 1st Flight Training Sqn T-7 Hofu-Kita, Yamaguchi
2nd Flight Training Sqn
13th Flight Training Wing 1st Flight Training Sqn T-4 Ashiya, Fukuoka
2nd Flight Training Sqn
Air Training Group 23rd Sqn F-15J/DJ, T-4 Nyutabaru, Miyazaki
 
1st Technical School F-2A, F-4EJKai, F-15J, T-4, T-7 Hamamatsu

(Note)
Matsushima was extensively damaged by the tsunami on March 11, 2011. Away from base that day, the Blue Impulse aerobatic team was stationed at Ashiya, Fukuoka Prefecture, for two years and returned to Matsushima on March 30, 2013. Due to tsunami damage sustained by its aircraft and the base closure, the 21st Sqn conducted reduced F-2 flight training operations from Misawa, Aomori Prefecture, from April 2011. A ceremony marking the 21st’s return to Matsushima was held on March 28, 2016.

irumabiThree of the JASDF’s six-aircraft Blue Impulse aerobatic display team go through their routine at the
2013 Iruma air show. There were media reports that the team was planning to revert to coloured smoke
to mark its 20th anniversary season in 2016. 

23Sqn F-15DJA 23rd Sqn F-15DJ undergoes final pre-flight preparations at the end of the Nyutabaru AB runway.

31Sqn T-4Normally based at Hamamatsu, this 31st Sqn T-4 is seen on a visit to Shizuhama AB.

13FTW T-4A 13th Flight Training Wing T-4 heads toward the takeoff point at Ashiya AB.

t-7preflightAn 11th FTW pilot carries out his pre-flight checks on the flight line at Shizuhama AB.

1TS F-15JDrawing a crowd on the Hamamatsu AB open day in November 2002 was this F-15J from the
based 1st Technical School. 

AIR DEVELOPMENT AND TEST COMMAND (HQ: Fuchu, Tokyo)

Air Development and Test Wing (AD&TW) F-2A/B, F-4EJ/F-4EJKai, F-15J/DJ,
C-1FTB,T-4, X-2, XC-2
Gifu, Gifu

 Notes:
 The Air Development and Test Command HQ was relocated from Iruma, Saitama,
 in March 2014.

 The two XC-2s are assigned to the Test Research Development Institute (TRDI),
 Japan Ministry of Defense.


f-2gifuHaving flown for the first time on October 7, 1995, the first prototype Mitsubishi F-2A continues to be used for AD&TW test flights from Gifu AB.

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Notices

Announcements

JASDF
2016 Airshow Dates
Mar. 13  Komaki

Kumagaya AB 2016

Apr. 3  Kumagaya

Hofu-Kita leaflet 2016

May 22  Hofu-Kita

Miho poster 2016

May 29  Miho
Aug. 7  Chitose
Sept. 11  Misawa
Sept. 19  Komatsu
Sept. 25  Akita
        (Airport event)
Sept. 25  Shizuhama
Oct. 9  Ashiya
Oct. 16  Hamamatsu
Oct. 30  Gifu
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov. 26  Kasuga
Nov. 27  Hyakuri
Nov. 27  Tsuiki
Dec. 4  Nyutabaru
Dec. 11  Naha

2017 Airshow Dates
Mar. 5  Komaki
Apr. 2  Kumagaya

JASDF Hofu-Kita

May 21  Hofu-Kita
May 21  Shizuhama

Miho poster 2017

May 28  Miho
July 23  Chitose
Aug. 27  Matsushima
Sept. 10  Misawa
Sept.*  Komatsu
Oct.*  Ashiya
Oct. 15  Hamamatsu
Oct.*  Hyakuri
  (SDF Review)
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov. 19  Gifu
Nov. 25  Kasuga
Nov. 26  Tsuiki
Dec. 3  Nyutabaru
Dec. 9-10  Naha

2018 Airshow Dates
Mar. 3  Komaki
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov. *  Hyakuri

JGSDF
2016 Airshow Dates
Apr. 9  Somagahara
Apr. 10  Takayubaru

Metabaru 2016

Apr. 16  Metabaru
Apr. 17  Kasuminome
Apr. 23  Hachinohe
Apr. 24  Narashino
June 5  Kasumigaura
June 19  Asahikawa
June 19  Kita-
          Utsunomiya
June 19  Okadama
Sept. 10  Obihiro
Oct. 1  Tachikawa
Oct. 2  Akeno
Oct. 16  Yao
Nov. 20  Naha

2017 Airshow Dates

Kisarazu 170225

Feb. 25  Kisarazu

Metabaru 2017

Apr. 1  Metabaru
(Cherry Blossom
    Festival on Apr. 2)

Somagahara 170408

Apr. 8  Somagahara
Apr. 9  Takayubaru

Apr. 16  Kasuminome
   (60th anniversary)

Utsunomiya 170416

Apr. 16  Utsunomiya
   (67th anniversary
   with parade/flypast)
May 21  Kasumigaura
   (64th anniversary)
May 28
    Kita-Utsunomiya
   (44th anniversary)
June 25  Okadama
Sept. 2  Obihiro
Sept.*  Kisarazu
Oct. 15  Yao
Nov. 4  Akeno
Nov. 19  Naha
Nov. 23  Tachikawa

2018 Airshow Dates
Jan. 14  Narashino 

JMSDF
2016 Airshow Dates
Apr. 24  Kanoya
             (Cancelled)
April 30  NAF Atsugi
May 5  Iwakuni
  (+ Friendship Day)
May 22  Omura
             (Cancelled)
June 4  Ohminato
July 16  Maizuru

July 17 Komatsushima
July 18  Kobe-Hanshin
July 30  Tateyama
Sept. 4  Hachinohe
Sept. 25  Tokushima
Oct. 16  Ozuki
  (“Swell Festival”)
Oct. 29  Shimofusa

2017 Airshow Dates
Apr. 29  NAF Atsugi
Apr. 30  Kanoya
May 5  Iwakuni
(joint Friendship Day)
May 21  Omura
June 10  Ohminato
July*  Komatsushima
July*  Ozuki
(children’s event)
July 29  Maizuru
July 29  Tateyama
Sept.*  Hachinohe
Sept.*  Shimofusa
Sept.*  Tokushima
Oct.*  Ozuki
  (“Swell Festival”)

(*) Date to be confirmed

(Please note that air show dates are subject to change/cancellation.)


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